Well, a few months ago, I was watching eBay, trying to get my first NextGen Amiga motherboard (an Eyetech AmigaOne XE), when I spotted something interesting: An infinitive case with an A1200 motherboard installed. It was missing a side door as well as a front plastic panel. It did have a rev 2B motherboard, and the case had a PS/2 keyboard, and a powersupply with adapter.
The motherboard sits in a slide-out tray. Very good design. Unfortunately, it’s all plastic (apart from one shield behind the motherboard). The plastic snaps together and doesn’t feel terribly sturdy. Here’s a diagram of how it is put together:
The tower came from Europe and I’m in America so the first thing was to check to see if the PSU would need to be replaced. It said “switching” but I wanted to be sure. Fortunately for me, it was an auto-switching power supply. The power supply had a custom power connector that plugged into a rail in the slide-out tray. At the bottom of the case, a special connector that connected the power rail to the standard A1200 power plug. Here’s the rail with the connector at the bottom. You can see the keyboard ribbon as well, and the next picture is also a close-up of the power connector at the bottom:
It did come with a floppy drive and a RAM/FPU expansion, but no harddrive. Using my old 1084s, I could get the system up to the “insert floppy” animation. I didn’t have any Amiga floppies left though.
Over the next few weeks, I’d pick up more hardware. See my next post…